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Adding "attachments" to Debbugs

From: Kévin Le Gouguec
Subject: Adding "attachments" to Debbugs
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2020 21:35:38 +0200
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Bob Proulx recently taught me a neat way to "attach" files to a report:

1. send attachments to,
2. (for large attachments, wait for moderation,)
3. go to and grab the URLs for the
4. send a followup mentioning these URLs to

When compared to simply attaching files to one's messages, this ensures
(1) only large attachments get moderated: reports and patches keep
flowing freely (2) mail clients do not stall while browsing threads,
since messages sent to -quiet are not forwarded to the mailing list.
What's not to like?

Discovering this trick got me thinking: has anyone ever thought of an
"attachment" feature for Debbugs?  Something along the lines of:

- send some attachments to,
- Debbugs then sends a mail to saying:

> John Doe <> attached:
> config.log (150 kB) 
> <;filename=config.log…>
>   (400  B) 
> <;…>

Bob suggested posting this idea here; does this sound like an
interesting feature?

I've never looked into hacking Debbugs, so I have no idea how hard that
might be to implement.  I don't mind taking a stab at it (that looks
like a good opportunity to learn about the BTS), but realistically
speaking I don't expect to find the time anytime soon, so if someone
reading this thinks it's trivial to implement, I wouldn't want to hold
them back ;)

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